14 Tips to Make a Senior Dog Feel More Comfortable

If you have a dog as a pet, you may notice that, as the years go by, your companion changes in terms of their physiology, the speed of their movements, their mood, and so on. That’s why it’s very important to provide them with certain care as they get older.

We wants to give you 14 recommendations to take into account when it comes to taking care of your dog when they’re no longer that playful puppy that you first adopted.

1. Take them on shorter walks.

14 Tips to Make a Senior Dog Feel More Comfortable

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Older dogs often develop certain conditions that limit them when exercising or going for walks, so they may slow down or need to take breaks a little more often. In any case, they shouldn’t stop going on walks. However, it’s best to keep the walks short and steady. For example, instead of going out for 30 minutes twice a day, they can take 3 walks of 10 or 15 minutes to avoid getting too tired.

2. Have them walk on easy ground.

14 Tips to Make a Senior Dog Feel More Comfortable

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Another aspect of dog care that you should consider when going for a walk with senior dogs is letting them walk on soft ground. While it’s hard if you live in the city, try to avoid asphalt as much as you can. Avoid making common mistakes when walking, such as taking your pet out when the weather is not pleasant, at times when the sun and temperature are strongest, or when it’s very cold.

3. Avoid jumps when playing with them.

14 Tips to Make a Senior Dog Feel More Comfortable

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To prevent joint damage, avoid letting your pet jump or make sudden movements when playing with them. Of course, that doesn’t mean you should stop playing with your elderly dog. On the contrary, when they get older, dogs need more pampering and affection.

Additionally, to delay your dog’s cognitive decline, stimulate their mind through games that make them think. You can do this with things you have at home, for example: taking objects out of a box, hiding items under a towel for them to find or building a maze of chairs covered with a bedsheet for them to pass through. Just make sure not to make the game too hard, or your pet could become frustrated and upset.

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